Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Press information
Denkendorf, 07/15/2021 – e-troFit has significantly increased the test capacities of its
series vehicles for potential fleet operators by expanding its pool of
demonstration vehicles. The offer of no-obligation trials is proving popular,
and numerous trials are underway in the public transport sector.
“As a developer and manufacturer of
innovative electrification kits for commercial vehicles, we are successively
expanding our fleet of test vehicles. Our goal is to offer interested municipal
utilities, transportation companies, and private public transport fleet
operators the opportunity to extensively test our electric drive system, which
meets the toughest quality and safety standards in scheduled service,” explains
Alexander Lietz, Head of
Bus Sales D/A/CH at e-troFit GmbH.
Public Transport Tests – From Allgäu
(Bavaria) to the Far North
Tests conducted during the second quarter
of 2021 included those at Verkehrsgesellschaft Kirchweihtal in Allgäu, Regiobus
Idar-Oberstein, Regiobus Potsdam-Mittelmark, and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein.
There is also considerable interest in e-troFit’s series-production vehicles
from around the world. For example, SAD, based in Bolzano in South Tyrol, is
currently testing deployment in scheduled service – in a challenging alpine
region extending to the mountain passes of the Dolomites. Further tests for
example at Stadtbus Bad Kreuznach GmbH (Transdev Verkehr GmbH) are scheduled
for the coming weeks.
Positive Feedback on the Retrofit
Michael Bechteler, Managing Director of
Verkehrsgesellschaft Kirchweihtal in Kaufbeuren, expressed his satisfaction
after the one-week trial, during which the bus was tested in regular service as
a backup as well as on school bus services: “We were able to see for ourselves
the quality, reliability and ride comfort of the converted buses during test
operations. For us, retrofitting is the key to getting started with electric
Martin Scharf, Managing Director of Scharf
OHG Omnibus & Reisebüro, is another firm believer in the retrofitting
concept following his experience of the tests and is well on the way to having
buses from his fleet retrofitted. In addition to the vehicle, he was supplied
with a high-quality mobile charger for testing, which he used to charge the bus
overnight and test it under real conditions in regular service. “Power consumption
in particular is an important key metric for day-to-day operating costs. The
vehicle’s highly efficient use of energy impressed us – as did the entire
e-troFit solution package featuring a smart charging infrastructure.”
Most Sustainable Solution in the
Commercial Vehicle Sector
With its electrification kits, e-troFit
delivers not only a high-quality, but overall the most efficient mobility
solution currently available for meeting the Clean Vehicles Directive, which
will come into force in August 2021. This gives fleet operators an important
tool for designing a zero-emissions vehicle fleet.
The shift to electromobility will benefit
from new federal funding guidelines expected in the second half of 2021 and the
associated equal treatment of the procurement of converted and new vehicles.
Test Simply and without Obligation
Once the arrangements for the test have
been agreed and the test period specified, an e-troFit service team will
provide on-site instruction on the vehicle and its technology. The briefing can
also take place virtually, depending on your wishes and taking into account the
current coronavirus regulations and required safety measures, and on-site
contact can be limited exclusively to the handover of the series-production
Green Mobility as a Service Solution
Besides technology expertise, the e-troFit
team can also provide assistance with regard to possible government subsidies.
Their full-service package ranges from financing to project planning and the
implementation of charging infrastructure solutions.
e-troFit – electrifying transportation! The privately financed German start-up with its headquarters in Denkendorf and offices in Garching near Munich employs around 75 people. e-troFit is also present at four additional sales and development locations in Austria, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria.
e-troFit is the first digital OEM worldwide (without its own storage and manufacturing facilities) to offer innovative solutions for the electrification (retrofitting) of used and new commercial vehicles such as trucks deployed in distribution transport, buses in local public transport (LPT) as well as municipal vehicles.
e-troFit is certified to ISO 9001 and as such is the only supplier of retrofit solutions to guarantee operational safety in accordance with international automotive industry standards such as functional safety ISO 26262. A network of international partners guarantees service and availability across Europe.
With its holistic approach to telematics, charging infrastructure, fleet management and autonomous driving, the company designs quickly implementable and cost-efficient solution packages for sustainable mobility transformation and a “second life” for diesel commercial vehicles. They effectively support the implementation of the CO2 reduction targets in accordance with the European Green Deal Agreement and the Clean Vehicles Directive, which will come into force in 2021.
e-troFit was awarded the German Mobility Prize (2018) and the Austrian VCÖ Mobility Prize (2019), as well as being voted one of the top 50 start-ups in Europe in the field of mobility (2020, EUSP).
Additional information: www.e-trofit.com/en/
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